Hanging up the future
PHUKET: For a small group of senior art students at the British International School Phuket (BIS), Monday (March 19) was a nail-biting day.
Friday 23 March 2012, 09:45AM
An external examiner had arrived from Malaysia to assess their art submissions for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Visual Art exam.
After a morning assessment of their art work and a 45-minute interview with the examiner, the five Year 13 students – Rapeepong Suwannakarn, Krittaporn Suttichan, Yoonji Kim, Orn Siriwangsanti and Sarida Scott – could breathe a
collective sign of relief.
In fact they could do much more than that.
The school has placed their work in the corridors, and was holding a grand opening for the students, in an exhibition entitled Entrée: Year 13 Visual Arts Exhibition, attended by teachers and parents.
Their art teacher Anita Pardoe introduced their work, and Ajarn Pranee Sakulpipatana, retired Associate Professor at Rajabhat University, dressed in a colourful Phuket traditional dress, cut the ribbon to open the show. She also sang a song in praise of His Majesty the King.
Nibbles and drinks accompanied congratulations given to the now-beaming students. After graduation Sarida Scott intends to study visual arts. Krittaporn Suttichan will pursue a career in fashion design. Encouraged by their teachers to find reasons to motivate their art creation, and to try tackle their art-making using innovative ways, their sound work now spoke of very personal concerns.
And many in the audience were clearly getting the message.
“After experiencing the 2004 tsunami in Thailand, it triggered a range of emotions as my family was there when it
happened,” Kittaporn said in her artist’s statement.
“I have created personal artwork portraying different emotions that I have felt throughout my life.
“I aim to guide the audience through the journey that I have taken so that they can have an understanding
of how I once felt.”
The show is on until April 27 at BIS, and is open to the public. Call 076-335-555, email email@example.com or visit bisphuket.ac.th